A man sits at a site damaged by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad, in Aleppo's Al-Myassar neighborhood July 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Hosam Katan)
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Rebels attacked the Syrian defense minister's village on Friday, capturing parts of it after killing at least 18 soldiers and pro-government gunmen, activists said.Rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad control large parts of Hama province, while the Syrian government controls the provincial capital and other areas.Defense Minister Gen. Fahd Jassem al-Freij, who has played a major role in fighting rebels, is from Rahjan, which is 90 kilometers (55 miles) northwest of Hama city.
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